Evidence base documents

Open space audit

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) describes open space as:

All open space of public value, including not just land, but also areas of water (such as rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs) which offer important opportunities for sport and recreation and can act as a visual amenity.

The Pendle Open Space Audit 2019 was adopted in May 2019.

It is an assessment of:

  • the existing open space size, condition, use and accessibility
  • the level and quality of open space in each ward by category

The distribution of open space sites in Pendle can be viewed on our open space map.

The following open space categories are used in the audit:

  • Allotments
  • Amenity greenspace
  • Cemeteries
  • Civic spaces
  • Green (and blue) corridors
  • Natural greenspace
  • Outdoor sports
  • Parks
  • Play areas

Evidence from the audit has informed our Green Infrastructure Strategy, which was published in July 2019. 

Both documents are a key part of the evidence base for the Pendle Local Plan.